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What is a dental crown?

Teeth can sometimes become damaged and break due to extensive decay or existing large fillings. They are often subject to wear over time, which is a natural part of the aging process of teeth. Modern dentistry offers some comprehensive ways to protect and restore your teeth. Depending on how badly damaged the tooth is, it can be repaired and restored to its natural shape and color with restorations such as crowns, onlays or inlays.

A dental crown surrounds the damaged tooth and is cemented onto the entire tooth, sitting along the base of the gum line. They are designed to blend in perfectly with the adjacent teeth by closely replicating the look and feel of the enamel.

There are several materials available for crowns, but porcelain is one of the most popular options, for its natural look that is most similar to real teeth. Other options may include porcelain, metal, gold, or porcelain-coated metal, all of which offer different benefits such as durability and biocompatibility.